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LIMKOKWING University of Creative Technology (LUCT) on Thursday conferred degrees and associate degrees to 815 students during a colourful ceremony held at Lehakoe Recreational and Cultural Centre.

In his remarks, LUCT Vice Chancellor-Africa Professor Cedric Bell said the graduation ceremony was the culmination of a long, challenging but ultimately rewarding journey for the students.

The students took three years to complete their associate degree studies and four years for honours degrees.

Prof Bell urged the students to use the knowledge and skills they acquired to uplift the nation cascading to their villages and families.

“You have become role models to those not only younger than you but also to the elders who have put their love and trust that you will carry the name of your people with pride,” he said.

“You must also thank your parents, family and loved ones who have supported you, encouraged you and who are always there when you need them. Without their support and encouragement today wouldn’t be possible.”

Prof Bell indicated that as graduates of Malaysia’s most globalised university with campuses in three continents, the students’ educational experience was “imbued with the best of Asian, African and European educational values”.

“Here at Limkokwing, the emphasis is very much upon encouraging  creative expression and unlike many traditional universities, students are positively encouraged to participate in a galaxy of extra mural activities including fashion shows, performing arts, sports and music as well as fundraising campaigns,” he said.

This, Professor Bell said, was done to bring out the best in students and give them confidence, experience and empowerment to successfully make the transformation from university to the world of work.

On behalf of the students, Associate Degree graduate in Fashion and Apparel Design, Lerato Makote, said the day was bitter sweet as they were not only celebrating their hard-earned credentials but also having a reality check of facing the world with very little supervision.

“From now on, no lecturers to remind us of deadlines, no parent to check if we are still attending classes. We are expected to be self sufficient. As scary as the reality may be, I have no doubt that we will apply ourselves fully in the industry,” Ms Makote said.

“We have been equipped with 21st century skills that should be enough to enable us to have a starting point in life. We have not only been equipped with education, but with knowledge as well and its now up to us to decide what we want to become.”

She added: “Our graduation theme ‘The future is now in your hands’ resonated with our ability to shape our own future. We have been empowered; we have been groomed to become 21st century leaders. Let’s aim to achieve only the best, because we are the best.”

Ms Makote also thanked the government for giving them scholarships to study at the university.

“Without the bursaries we received, 90 percent of us would not be here today. So, for that we thank the government for giving us an opportunity to study at Limkokwing University.”

The ceremony was graced by Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing, Education and Training Minister Dr Mahali Phamotse, her deputy Thabang Kholumo and other government ministers and Lesotho Defence Force Commander Lieutenant-General Tlali Kamoli.

For his part, Mr Metsing congratulated the class of 2016 for graduating at a time when the country was celebrating its golden jubilee of independence. He also lauded LUCT for producing job creators rather than job seekers.

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